Selecting the Right Conservatory Roof Panels for Your Home

How to Choose Conservatory Roof Panels for Your Home?

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Imagine you enter a space covered with some natural sunlight that surprisingly mixes the comfort of home with the elegance of greenery. This is the space that we call a conservatory. If you intend to maximise your satisfaction with the conservatory (e.g., flat roof conservatory), you should select the right roof panels that can significantly influence the appearance and functionality of the structure. Discover how your energy bills and overall enjoyment are impacted by your roof panel choice. So in today’s guide, we’re gonna discuss conservatory roof types, conservatory roof insulation, and conservatory roof panels so that you may pick the right panels for your indoor structure that may result in multiple benefits.

Conservatory Roof Types

There are four main conservatory roof types. At PowerPillar, our team can install your chosen roof panels on your conservatory. Yes, we can replace your roof panels with those that may serve you well. 

So the conservatory roof types that are available for you to choose from are:

Polycarbonate roof

A polycarbonate roof made from polycarbonate plastic is durable and lightweight by nature. This roof is well-known for its high-level resistance and excellent transparency and is applied for conservatories, patios, greenhouses, and other structures that allow natural light transmission while offering some weather protection.     

Glass roof

Modern home with a sleek glass roof design

A glass roof consists of transparent sheets that allow a significant amount of natural light to enter the conservatory but provide weather protection as well. The roof offers a modern look and a bright & open environment for residents. 

Tiled roof

Tiled roof offering lasting protection and classic style for your home.

A tiled roof is made of large and pre-made sheets designed to copy the appearance of conventional roofing tiles. This roof has been designed to replace the traditional glass or polycarbonate roof and has higher thermal efficiency and better year-round usability.  

Hybrid solid roof

A hybrid solid roof combining sunlight with a cool, shaded space.

A hybrid solid roof consists of advanced roofing material that combines traditional solid material with modern roofing. Such roof offers enhanced durability, insulation, and aesthetic appearance.  

Now, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of conservatory roof panels one by one.

Advantages of Polycarbonate Roof Panels

There are many benefits of polycarbonate roof panels. For example:

  1. These are highly affordable.
  2. They are lightweight in nature so are easy to handle for you.
  3. Polycarbonate panels are highly durable so are resistant to harsh circumstances at a high level.
  4. They’re more useful in lessening heat loss than single-pane glass roof panels, and they can also provide protection against harmful UV rays. 

Now, let’s discuss the cons of polycarbonate roof panels.

Disadvantages of Polycarbonate Roof Panels

  1. They offer less thermal insulation compared to their alternatives like glass and tiled roof panels. 
  2. The roofs made of polycarbonate panels are noisy during heavy rain or hail.
  3. These provide less elegance compared to their alternatives such as glass and tiled roof panels. 

Advantages of Glass Roof Panels

A lot of benefits are offered by glass roof panels. Some of them are:

  1. The glass roof panels are aesthetically impressive. 
  2. They allow the transmission of maximum natural light for the conservatory and make the space bright and welcoming. 
  3. They’re good insulators and can provide UV protection for your conservatory.
  4. These glass roof panels, especially double or triple-glazed roof panels, provide high insulation.

Disadvantages of Glass Roof Panels

A few cons are also available related to glass roof panels. For example:

  1. These are more expensive than their alternatives like polycarbonate panels. 
  2. They’re heavy so require a strong structural support system that increases their installation cost.
  3. They also require frequent cleaning for their maintenance.   

Advantages of Tiled Roof Panels

Many advantages are available related to tiled roof panels, and a few of them are:

  1. They have high insulation capability that makes the conservatory comfortable throughout the year.
  2. The tiled roof panels are very durable so are long-lasting and weather-resistant. 
  3. They provide a traditional and attractive look to the conservatory aesthetically.
  4. These tiled roof panels offer higher insulation than conventional conservatory roofs. This makes them highly effective for use throughout the year.

Disadvantages of Tiled Roof Panels

Some cons related to these tiled roof panels are also present that are:

  1. These are among the most expensive roof panels for conservatories.
  2. They’re heavy by nature; therefore, these need a strong structural support system that increases their installation cost.
  3. They significantly lessen the amount of sunlight entering the conservatory.

Advantages of Hybrid Solid Roof Panels 

There are many advantages of hybrid solid roof panels. Some of them are:

  1. These hybrid options combine solid panels with glazed sections and offer a balance of insulation and natural light.
  2. They offer good thermal and sound insulation like tiled roof panels.
  3. The hybrid designs can be customised to match both traditional and modern home styles.

Disadvantages of Hybrid Solid Roof Panels

A few cons are also present related to hybrid solid roof panels. Some of them are:

  1. These hybrid roofs can be expensive due to their complexity and materials.
  2. The combination of materials might require specialised installation that can increase the installation cost.
  3. Depending on the materials used, these hybrid roofs may require various maintenance efforts.   

That’s all about the pros and cons of different conservatory roof panels. Intrigued to know more! Then, keep on reading. 

Benefits of Conservatory Roof Panels

There are many advantages of standard conservatory roof panels/conservatory roofs. The main ones are:

Improved energy efficiency

Due to the quality conservatory roof, the energy efficiency of the space is enhanced. The space provides excellent insulation, so you won’t lose much heat during winter and won’t gain much heat during summer. The improved energy efficiency of your space will cause low energy bills for you as a homeowner.  

Increased comfort

The effective conservatory roof will also provide you with increased comfort. As your conservatory space will have a normal temperature during all seasons due to the insulation the roof panels provide, you will comfortably spend your time in the space irrespective of all weather conditions. 

Noise reduction

Your conservatory space can have reduced noise due to strong roof panels. Yes, the external noise will not be able to enter your space much if your roof panels are of high quality.  

UV protection

Finally, UV protection is a crucial benefit of a modern conservatory roof. Such a roof offers UV-resistant coatings or layers that prevent harmful UV rays from entering a conservatory. 

Now let’s move forward to discuss:

Building Regulations for Conservatory Roof Panels

When you’re replacing your conservatory roof panels, your compliance with some building regulations is compulsory so that the safety, durability, and efficiency of the structure could be ensured. Your structural modification or replacement has to follow specific building regulations for the structural integrity, thermal performance, and overall safety of your indoor structure.

The planning permission may be required when replacing a conservatory roof due to several factors. These factors are:

  1. Significant modification in the appearance or height of the conservatory
  2. Replacement of roofing
  3. Location of the conservatory in some listed building or conservation area     

Therefore, you have to consult a local building authority through Planning Portal regarding your replacement conservatory roof panels so that you may know whether you require a permit or not for your work. The authority may provide you with particular details so that you may take the appropriate steps for the permit if you require one. 

You might be wondering about:

Conservatory Roof Panel Options for Roof Replacement

There are many conservatory roof panel options to choose from. The most common conservatory roof materials involve polycarbonate, glass, tiled, and hybrid solid panels. Each option provides unique benefits and potential drawbacks. Therefore, you should evaluate the options based on your particular requirements and preferences. 

The factors to consider while choosing the material for your conservatory roof replacement are:

Insulation and energy efficiency

Pick the material/roofing with high insulation and energy efficiency.

Aesthetics

Choose the material for your roof that is aesthetically impressive.

Durability and maintenance

Your roofing should have high durability and should require low maintenance.

Budget

The material for your conservatory roof should be inexpensive or cost-effective too.  

You might have a question at this point:

DIY or Professional Roof Installation for Your Conservatory?

When you replace the roof of your conservatory yourself, you attain some benefits that are:

  1. Cost-effective work
  2. Sense of accomplishment 

But there are some disadvantages as well when you do this work as a DIY project. The cons are:

  1. Use of significant time and effort
  2. Leaks, poor insulation, and structural issues caused by your probable mistakes 

Now let’s discuss the pros and cons of professional roof installation for the conservatory.

When you hire a professional company to install/replace the roof of your conservatory, you get the following benefits:

  1. High-quality work
  2. Work completed in less time
  3. 100 % compliance with your building regulations

There is only one con of professional conservatory roof installation/replacement. That is your money would be spent more compared to when you accomplish the work on your own.

Let’s move forward to talk about:

Less Common Conservatory Roof Panels

Some less common conservatory roof panels are:

  1. Slate panels
  2. Metal panels
  3. Opening roof panels
  4. Solar panels
  5. Fiberglass panels

Choose any one of them based on your requirements while considering the factors mentioned above like aesthetics, budget, and energy efficiency, etc.

Bottom Line

That’s all what we have to share with you regarding how to choose conservatory roof panels for your home. We hope you now understand which type of roof panels you require and how important this is to contact your local council before the start of replacement work. One more point. Visit our website if you intend to replace your conservatory roof through a professional company.    

Emmanuel Nwaebo

Emmanuel Nwaebo is the Managing Director at Powerpillar Ltd and has more than 25 years experience in building construction and renovations. He has a bachelor’s in Electronics and Electrical Engineering with certification in Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). With an experience in managing construction and renovation services for years, he is extremely passionate about property management and loves helping people find their dream property.

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